People at work at the upcoming JSCA Hall of Fame in Dhurwa on Wednesday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
A little over a year old, Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) stadium complex in Dhurwa, Ranchi, will add a scintillating innings of cricketing action frozen for posterity — the JSCA Hall of Fame.
Come May, the state cricket outfit is likely to launch its much-awaited special gallery spread roughly around 2000sqft at the Dhurwa stadium complex dedicated to Indian and international cricketing stalwarts.
The JSCA Hall of Fame — a striking ply and wood construction at the stadium’s north pavilion below the gymnasium — hopes to be a rare and classy archive of photographs of great cricketers and cricketing action.
While all-time greats such as Don Bradman, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Malcolm Marshall, Bishen Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly and others will figure prominently on the display list, Ranchi’s very own M.S. Dhoni will obviously be a star attraction.
“We hope the JSCA Hall of Fame is ready to be unveiled around the time of the IPL matches on May 2 and 13,” vice-president (districts) and spokesperson Manoj Kumar said. Ranchi will be the first city to host an IPL match — a hi-profile clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) when the 7th edition returns to India from the UAE.
Of the 60 IPL-7 matches, the first 20 are being played in the UAE due to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in India.
The Indian leg, with 40 matches, will be hosted in 10 cities, which comprise Ranchi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Mohali.
Though CSK, captained by Dhoni, played a couple of T20 matches in Ranchi last year for the Champions’ Trophy, the team will play two IPL matches here for the first time this season.
“We think the Hall of Fame will be a welcome addition to the IPL as well as to the JSCA stadium complex as a whole,” spokesperson Kumar said.
“This apart, Jharkhand’s cultural, and heritage richness in the form of paintings selected through a competition held last year will also be up on the walls,” he added.
Country Cricket Club, a premier membership club, will also debut by mid-May, though JSCA officials are hoping to speed things up to coincide its launch with the IPL.
An official added that Lok Sabha elections had slackened the speed of work.
“But by the time IPLs come to Ranchi, elections would be long over in Jharkhand, so our president (Amitabh Choudhary), who contested from the Ranchi seat, would not have any bindings. Though the model code of conduct will still in force till Lok Sabha elections are out on May 16, we don’t think it would hamper our work as the JSCA is not a government body but affiliated under BCCI,” he said.
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